Although current Strikeforce women’s bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey has already stated that she would not fight Cris ‘Cyborg’ Santos unless Cyborg moved down to her weight, she apparently hasn’t entirely given up on the thought of a “superfight” between them.
Santos has already stated that it would be impossible for her to move down to 135lbs, and has offered to fight Rousey at a catch-weight if needed. Even though Rousey has said that wouldn’t work, she has continued to throw verbal blows at Santos, including yesterday when she appeared on ‘The MMA Hour.’
“If you can make 145 [pounds] while you’re super juiced out, you can make 135 if you’re clean.”
“Cyborg has never had a fair fight. If you really look at it, she’s had fights where she came in and outweighed the other girl by 12 pounds and then they still fought. This girl has a long history of cheating and using drugs, and coming in overweight, and no one’s ever put their foot down ever about it.
“If we did a catchweight of 140, I 100 percent think she’d just come in overweight and be like, ‘Whatever, come fight me.’ Want to know why? Because she’s done it several times before. She has a track record of doing these things. This girl does things that are blatantly disrespectful to her opponents, over and over and over her whole career. Someone needs to put their foot down about it. So, yeah, I’m going to be the one that has to do it because I can.”
It seems Ronda has still not given up on the chance that Cyborg will drop to her weight. Just last month Rousey’s manager Darin Harvey, asked that the bout to include in-depth drug testing, including hair follicle testing, which can detect illegal substances up to three months after the drugs were taken. But, even this wasn’t good enough for Ronda.
“You know what? I really don’t care about the drug testing,” Rousey said. “She’s obviously been getting around it for many years. Advances in drug testing, they come up with new ways to catch people every single year because people are coming up with new ways to get around them all the time. The cheaters are always just ahead of the people trying to catch them. That’s why there’s always more cheaters. I think the only real way to ensure this is a fair fight is to have her come down to 135, where if she’s doping, anything that she’s taking will be just as much of a detriment as it will be a help to her.”
When and if the two fighters can come to some sort of agreement, Rousey says she feels that bout will not only be huge for women’s MMA, but for the whole sport.
“I think if it was done right and it was done correctly, you could have people watching that fight that have never seen a single MMA fight before. Lots of them. I think it could be the biggest MMA fight of all-time,” said Rousey.
“I’m serious. Think about it. Every MMA fan will watch, and a whole bunch of other people that aren’t even the least bit interested in MMA would watch. That’s the kind of demographic that fight could reach to that none of the men can right now.”
Source: MMA Fighting